Army high on Bosco trio

He's already made an interception and won a game in Michie Stadium and now William "L.B" Mack III has been given the opportunity to do so wearing a Black Knights uniform. The Army staff extended an offer to the 6-foot-2, 255-pound junior defensive lineman, who goes to Don Bosco Preparatory High School in Ramsey, N.J., right after National Signing Day.

Mack spoke with ArmySports.com to give his take on how his recruiting is shaping up in the middle stages.

"Actually, the day Army offered me I was out of school sick," William Mack said. "The (Bosco) offensive coordinator called me and said, 'hey, I got some news, Army has officially offered you.' It's great. To have an offer from West Point is a real honor because they're not out there offering everybody. You have to have the grades and a certain degree of expectations just to be offered me them. I had two teammates sign with Army a couple of weeks ago. I haven't talked a whole lot with Lawrence Stevens about it, but I have with R.J. Trimble-Edwards. He was telling me how great a place it is and when the time comes to make my decision I should really consider it."

Army was quick to offer two other Bosco Prep Ironmen, Brandon Simon, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end/outside linebacker, and Tyrone Hill, a 6-foot-2, 192-pound defensive back, along with Mack. The trio all had outstanding season in 2014 to lead the team to a 7-4 record.

"I played mostly defensive tackle, but some strongside defensive end last season," he explained. "In seven games I had six sacks, 40 tackles, five tackles for loss, and an interception. I was injured in the fourth game against Paramus Catholic and sat out the next four, but came back and played well in the last three. I think I've improved most on my mental toughness. My use of hands is getting better, my footwork is improving, I've gotten faster. I think I'm continuing to grow and develop overall as a football player."

Mack III, who goes by the nickname "LB", made a big leaping catch for a pick at Michie Stadium on September 13th, 2014 in Bosco Prep's win over South Florida powerhouse, St. Thomas Aquinas. It's rare for a lineman of his size to have that type of athletic ability. He was recently clocked at 4.83 in the 40-yard dash and has posted a personal best of 4.78. Don't be surprised to see Army be the first of many offers for Mack, who hails from from Rockland County, New York.

"Several schools are expressing interest," said Mack. "I'm hearing from Lafayette, Lehigh, Bryant, Buffalo, Northwestern, Syracuse, and Pitt. First thing I'm looking at is the school's education. Second, I want to play for a coaching staff that's going to make me better, not just in football, but in life."

Mack's father, William Mack Jr. was a defensive end/tight end at Rutgers in the late 80's. This summer, Mack says he plans on attending a NFTC in Georgia this summer and a Penn State camp but is in the process adding more destinations to his schedule.

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